Nuance brings voice biometrics to smart TVs and set-top boxes

January 7, 2014 - 

Nuance Communications has announced that its Dragon TV platform now includes voice biometrics for TVs, set-top boxes and second screen applications.

According to the company, the system uses a person’s unique voiceprint for authentication and to allow users to set personalized content and settings. The new system also includes hotword detection, so users can say “wake-up phrases” to authenticate without using the remote.

“This is an incredibly exciting expansion of our voice biometrics capabilities, once again transforming the way we engage the connected TV,” Michael Thompson, executive vice president and general manager, Nuance Mobile said.

“Quick and easy access to content is at a premium in most household living rooms – even more so when that is a shared device like the TV. With voice biometrics, Dragon TV now brings both personalization and limitless access to shows, movies, content and much more.”

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn recently boosted his holding of Nuance Communications, with the purchase of an additional 50,900 shares.

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